Jhiri-The country fair

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1st Dec 2015

As the sun settles, the lights and sound dazzle th

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Merry-go rounds, giant wheel other rural games all

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kids just love the place for fun whereas devotin b

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come once ,you will fall in love with this place.

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the setting is surreal

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time stops here

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wheel of life

Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora

the game and the vendor

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fun goes on and on

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Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora

the main temple

Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora
Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora

bright illuminations makes it stand out

Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora
Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora

its a riot of colours

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its an economic bonanza for small time vendors who

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trade, devotion , family all under one roof

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all from one, all into one

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a vendor

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market is on

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midnight flowers...

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floral bed, the fragrance is missing but the colou

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striking a deal

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will come again next year

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the glittering toys

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no evil, just for fun...

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yehin pe humko jeena yehin pe humko marna

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heath and hearth moves to the place

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these vendors are our life line

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filling colour in life of many

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ready to please the next generation

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awa

Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora
Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora
Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora
Photo of Jhiri-The country fair by Nitish Arora

Photo of Jhiri-The country fair 1/1 by Nitish AroraThe village Jhiri is located about 20 kms from Jammu, off the Jammu-Akhnoor highway. Every year during the Karthik Purnima (Late autumn full moon) falling during the last week of October and early November an annual mela is held here. Lacs of devotees throng the village to commemorate the martyrdom of Baba Jittoo, a farmer who gave up his life in protest against the oppressive demands of the zamindar about 500 years ago.

Legend has it that the zamindar demanded a major share of the wheat crop from Jit Mal a poor farmer. Since the peasant had toiled hard to cultivate the crop he did not want to yield to this unjust demand. Rather than parting with his crop, Jit Mal preferred to take the extreme step of ending his life over the heap of wheat. He has ever since been venerated as Baba Jittoo and is revered for standing up against the injustice and unfair treatment meted out to the peasantry during the feudal times.

The festivities during the mela last for a week with the main day of the fair being held on Karthik Purnima. People pay obeisance at the Baba Jittoo temple and seek his blessings and the blessings of his daughter Bua Kouri, who as per the legend also took her life by jumping on her father’s funeral pyre. People also take a customary dip in the Baba-da-Talab (Pond), a natural pond four kms from the temple which is believed to have curative powers.

A huge market comes up at the site of the mela and shops and stalls selling selling food items and all sorts of wares are set up. Entertainment and rural sports like dangal (wrestling) also form an important feature of the fair. At a distance 5 km from Jhiri are located ancient temples of Sui & Burj known for their exquisite and elaborate wall paintings and metal idols of Shri Ram & Sita.

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Time has come to visit this fair again starts 14th Nov 2016
Thu 10 20 16, 10:15 · Reply · Report
See, thousands of stories are spread all over our land. Baba jitto story is one of them but such lores are living moral examples of some dauntless characters.I am really inspired and the way people still remember it through mela ,is appreciable.
Tue 03 29 16, 03:07 · Reply (1) · Report
you really need to be here , though i know it is bit difficult for you to come. The place is so full during the Mela Days and devotees reach here from all the corners of the world.
Tue 03 29 16, 07:24 · Report
everyone is invited for next year :)
Sat 12 05 15, 19:26 · Reply · Report